facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Australia considers what to tell passengers

July 27, 2004 at 9:53 PM   |   Comments

SYDNEY, July 27 (UPI) -- Australia's federal government said Tuesday it will review how much information airline passengers should be given during a security threat.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported a pilot of a United Airlines flight en route to Los Angeles decided to return to Sydney after a message written on a sick-bag was found in a toilet. The letters "B-O-B" were written on the bag and were believed to mean "bomb on board."

Passengers on the flight were not told the reason for the return of the flight, which after investigation appeared to be hoax. However, some passengers learned of the possible bomb via the media.

Transport Minister John Anderson said passengers should know why their flight has been turned back, but it may not be always possible.

"Judgments have to be made about whether it's wise to tip off somebody who might have done something wrong that they've been discovered," he said.

"There are other factors such as whether or not there might be people on board who simply would not be able to cope with the prospect that their lives were in danger."

© 2004 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance
2
Last hostages freed, suspects arrested in Harvey, Ill.
3
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
4
Chris Christie flips at town hall attendee over Bruce Springsteen
5
Father of 'affluenza' teen charged with impersonating cop
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback